The presence of foreign troops in the Gulf increases “insecurity”. That is what Iranian President Hassan Rohani said after the announcement that the Americans are sending additional troops to the region.
Rohani said this during the opening of a military parade in Tehran. The Iranian president also announced that Iran “in the coming days” is going to propose to the UN a cooperation plan between neighboring countries to increase security “in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.”
“Your presence has always brought pain and misery to the region,” the Iranian president warned. “The farther you stay away, the safer it will be,” Rohani said in a live broadcast on state television.
“From our point of view, the safety of the Persian Gulf comes from within, the safety of the Strait of Hormuz comes from within. Foreign troops are a source of problems and uncertainty for our people and for the region,” he added.
The United States announced on Friday that at the request of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, they are sending additional troops to the region following attacks against Saudi oil installations.
The precise number of troops or additional equipment has not yet been determined, but it would be a “moderate” bet, not thousands, General Joe Dunford said at a Pentagon press conference.